The Mission Hub

The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St.Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

World Mission Sunday -- October 18th

If you saw last week’s entry, you read that everyone in the Archdiocese is invited to join our One Family in Mission as we celebrate World Mission Sunday on October 18th at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston at 11:30 AM. Cardinal Sean O’Malley will be our principal celebrant and homilist. We have invited Bishops, priests, deacons, Religious Brothers and Sisters and lay people from across the Archdiocese and around the world (missionaries all, by virtue of their Baptism!) to be a part of our Eucharistic celebration. We hope you are able to join us as we join our prayers with those being said around the world for the Missions.

If you are unable to make it to the Cathedral, however, does this mean that you miss out on the occasion? Of course not! World Mission Sunday is celebrated in every Catholic parish in every diocese around the world – that means yours! Here at the Propagation of the Faith, we have been hard at work so every parish in the Archdiocese of Boston can fully enjoy the day in their home church. Parish secretaries have received posters, leaflets and bulletin announcements explaining the significance of the day; priests, deacons and parish leaders have received guides explaining the background of this world-wide celebration of our faith, along with stories from the missions and ideas to tie in the readings of the day with those stories. They also received a copy of Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for World Mission Sunday in which the Holy Father asks all Catholics to “…renew our commitment to proclaiming the Gospel…”

We would not have been able to accomplish this task of planning for our World Mission Sunday celebrations without the generous cooperation of the Missionary Alliance; this is a group of Mission sending orders, along with the Propagation of the Faith, based in Boston. We have one common goal – the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ through mission education and support. After a lifetime spent at work in the Lord’s vineyard, these great people are now hard at work bringing the missionary message to the people of our Archdiocese, in schools and parishes, in cooperation with the Pontifical Mission Societies.

When you celebrate World Mission Sunday, whether it be at the Cathedral or your home parish, please take a moment to say a prayer of thanksgiving for all those people who answer God’s call to work for the missions in whatever way God calls them – even stuffing envelopes!

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to be part of this good event again with the participation of the Deaf Catholic Community.

    In Christ,

    Fr. St. Martin